bio·​ge·​og·​ra·​phy ˌbī-ō-jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce biogeography (audio)
: a science that deals with the geographical distribution of animals and plants
biogeographer noun
biogeographic adjective
biogeographic distribution of organisms
biogeographical ranges

Examples of biogeography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aside from the hits, Santore’s long-form videos offer a panoramic botanical and geological breakdown of a location, explaining au courant topics like plant speciation and biogeography, alongside profane rants about climate change and the state of things in general. Jesse Will, Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2022 The biogeography of Australia is well known. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Aug. 2010 This rediscovery after three decades has helped scientists better understand fairy lanterns and their evolution and biogeography as a whole. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 27 Feb. 2023 But such studies can be hard to publish in prominent journals, which favor studies of ecology, biogeography, or conservation. Byemiliano Rodríguez Mega,, 8 Feb. 2023 By weighing all the factors, positive and negative, island biogeography was able to model the probability and frequency of extinctions. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2014 Transoceanic species dispersal and implications for marine biogeography. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 28 Sep. 2017 Modern biogeography---the study of the distribution of species---still relies heavily on the above map, despite the fact that it was drawn by the field's founder, Alfred Russel Wallace, in 1876. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 27 Dec. 2012 Crutsinger also says drones can be useful for studying biogeography, or the distribution of species. Lauren Sigfusson, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biogeography was in 1884

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“Biogeography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


bio·​ge·​og·​ra·​phy -jē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce biogeography (audio)
plural biogeographies
: a branch of biology that deals with the geographical distribution of animals and plants
biogeographic adjective
or biogeographical

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